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‘Promising Young Woman’ Takes the Gold with the San Diego Critics

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Promising Young Woman has notched up another big win today from the San Diego Film Critics Society, with Emerald Fennell’s debut feature receiving their prize for Best Picture. The drama also received the award for Best Actress for Carey Mulligan’s performance, and a runner-up slot for Fennell’s original screenplay. 

Other big wins from the SDFCS included Chloé Zhao adding yet another Best Director award to her mantle for Nomadland. Does anyone have a shot at beating her for the win at the Oscars in April? It’s looking like a tough hill to climb. Riz Ahmed and Paul Raci continue their streak of picking up dual wins in the acting categories for Sound of Metal, earning the wins for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively. The critics group also awarded a special Body of Work prize to Steve McQueen for his accomplishment with the entirety of his Small Axe series of films. 

For the full list of winners and runner-ups from the SDFCS, see below: 

BEST PICTURE

Winner: Promising Young Woman

Runner-up: Sound of Metal

BEST DIRECTOR

Winner: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Runner-up: Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7

BEST ACTOR

Winner: Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Runner-up: Anthony Hopkins, The Father

BEST ACTRESS

Winner: Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Runner-up: Frances McDormand, Nomadland

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Winner: Paul Raci, Sound of Metal

Runner-up: Peter Macdissi, Uncle Frank

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Winner: Youn Yuh-jung, Minari

Runner-up: Amanda Seyfried, Mank 

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE

Winner: Radha Black, The Forty-Year-Old Version

Runner-up (tie): Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm 

Runner-up (tie): Bill Muray, On the Rocks 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Winner: Lee Isaac Chung, Minari

Runner-up (tie): Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Runner-up (tie): Darius Marder, Abraham Marder, Derek Cianfrance, Sound of Metal 

Runner-up (tie): Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Winner: Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller, The Father

Runner-up: Charlie Kaufman, I’m Thinking of Endings Things 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Winner: Time

Runner-up: The Social Dilemma

BEST ANIMATED FILM

Winner: Wolfwalkers

Runner-up: Over the Moon 

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM 

Winner: The Life Ahead

Runner-up: The Platform

BEST EDITING

Winner: Andy Canny, The Invisible Man

Runner-up: Alan Baumgarten, The Trial of the Chicago 7

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Winner: Joshua James Richards, Nomadland

Runner-up: Erik Messerschmidt, Mank

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Winner: Donald Graham Burt, Mank

Runner-up (tie): Molly Luges, I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Runner-up (tie): Shane Valentino, The Trial of the Chicago 7

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Winner: Tenet

Runner-up: The Invisible Man

BEST COSTUMES

Winner: Alexandra Byrne, Emma

Runner-up: Erin Benach, Birds of Prey

BEST USE OF MUSIC

Winner: Hamilton

Runner-up (tie): David Byrne’s American Utopia 

Runner-up (tie): Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

BEST ENSEMBLE 

Winner: One Night in Miami

Runner-up: The Trial of the Chicago 7

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST

Winner: Radha Blank, The Forty-Year-Old Version

Runner-up: Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal 

BODY OF WORK 

Steve McQueen, The Small Axe film series (Mangrove, Lovers Rock, Red White and Blue, Alex Wheatle, Education

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